This is one of the few times Vice President Cheney has been left out of a big White House event: the big lunch with Barack Obama. But in a radio interview with CBS News, Cheney said he doesn't feel left out.
"No, I'd love to be there, but the Vice Presidents weren't invited." He said today's lunch is "just for the big dogs."
"He was rather critical during the campaign of some of the policies we pursued for example in terms of terrorist surveillance or interrogation of terrorist prisoners," said Cheney.
He said those programs "are absolutely essential to maintaining our capacity to interfere with and defeat all further attacks against the U.S."
He urged Mr. Obama "before you start to implement your campaign rhetoric – you need to sit down and find out precisely what it is we did and how we did it."
Cheney said those policies are "vital to keeping the nation safe and secure in the years ahead."
Reflecting on his eight years in office, the vice president also:
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Cheney also recently spoke with Face The Nation Host Bob Schieffer. To read about that interview, click here.